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Deirdre Bounds





Founder of travel company i-to-i, Deirdre Bounds is an ethical entrepreneur, sharing economy expert, best-selling author and inspirational speaker. With so many achievements it’s no wonder Deirdre Bounds has a lot to say.

Proclaimed by the Telegraph as having the “Northern grit and determination which represents the perfect role model for business,” the former stand up-comedienne, world backpacker, English teacher, outback bus driver and mum of two, Deirdre Bounds is the down-to-earth visionary who set up the responsible travel company i-to-i, which became the world’s largest gap travel year company. She went from bedsit to exit in 10 years when it was acquired by TUI Travel PLC for an eight-figure sum.

Today she is the founder of another ‘first’ – GoCambio. Capturing the zeitgeist of people’s love of travel and social media, Deirdre founded a travel and educational sharing web platform which enables people to learn a language and experience exotic destinations like a local.

Deirdre has actually been (and still is) on the front line of business. She’s an innovator as well as an exceptionally talented orator with the ability to empathise with her audience and to inspire change in people. It is her first-hand knowledge of international business allied with her understanding of the world and her down-to-earth wit which sets her apart from her peers.